Beat the Winter Blues at Krohn Conservatory

If I had to pick, I’d say that Krohn Conservatory might be my very favorite place in the whole city. It’s green, it’s warm, it’s alive and vibrant and peaceful.

I do not have a green thumb, but I can really appreciate the beauty of all the plants and flowers at Krohn. Add in a few waterfalls, chirping birds and giant goldfish, and Krohn is basically a meditation video. I love it!

It’s no secret that my kids love the outdoors, and the winter can be one big bummer for them, as they crave being outside, touching plants and grass and running in the warmth of the sun. So, when I told them last week that we were going to get to do just that, at the Hatching Spring Blooms show, they were all in! And, naturally, full of questions.


Is that where the Venus Fly Trap is?

Will the trains be there?

Why is it called a greenhouse?

Who built it?

What’s a conservatory?

Are there Easter eggs there?

What am I getting for Easter?

What are “blooms?”

Is it far away from our house?

Are you going to be taking pictures?

(Yes — he really did ask all those questions!)

Anyway — the exhibit. Wow. There was so much green! And pink! And yellow! And purple/orange/white. It smelled like spring. It looked like spring. It felt like spring.

There were decorated flower pots full of fresh flowers, painted Easter eggs hanging everywhere, lush “flocks” of grass to walk through. There was so much color — and the kids loved looking at all the painted flower pots.

Hatching Spring Blooms runs through March 13, and during that time, there are lots of special events you’ll want to be aware of:

Little Hatchling Day
February 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

Join us for a collection of activities and crafts all about baby animals. Poult, Polliwogs and Pinkies…oh my!  Find out the unusual baby names of Ohio native wildlife and much more at the Park Naturalist station.  This program is best suited for young children and families.

Krohn Zone Explores Chocolate
February 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

Learn about how chocolate is grown and some ways to prepare it with Chef Ursula. We will have a display and demonstration and opportunities to sample chocolates.

Recycled Egg Crate and K-Cup Seed Starters
February 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reuse everyday egg crates and K-Cups to grow your spring seedlings in a sustainable and fun way.

Backyard Chickens!
March 121 – 3 p.m.

Learn how to raise chickens in your backyard! Experts will provide advice and demonstrate available products to make home egg production easy. There will be baby chicks to meet as well!

So if your kids like being outside, you should check out this spring show! The warmth and green will do everyone good.

Krohn Conservatory is located at 950 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Right now, it’s open Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Mondays. Admission is $4/adults, $2/children 5-17 and free for kids 4 and under (we have an annual membership, which cost just $40 and includes admission to all the shows). Be sure to download a coupon from the website for $1 off!

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